Pursuant to a valid arrest warrant, the police went to Chimel’s (defendant) home to arrest him for the burglary of a coin shop. Chimel’s wife let the police inside and when Chimel returned home they arrested him. Without a search warrant and without permission, the police then conducted a complete search of Chimel’s home. The police instructed Chimel’s wife to remove items from drawers and eventually the police found and seized a number of coins, medals and tokens. Over Chimel’s objection, these items were introduced at trial. The appellate courts affirmed the decision holding that the search of Chimel’s home was valid as a search incident to a lawful arrest.